Ankara Mayor: Turkish Officer Involved in Killing of Russian Pilot Participated in Attempted Coup!
TEHRAN (FNA)- Mayor of Turkish capital city of Ankara said a Turkish army member who was involved in killing of Russian pilot over Syria last year, apparently participated in Friday’s coup attempt in Turkey.
"It was the 'parallel state' that has deteriorated our relations with Russia. It was an incident, in which one of the pilots of this structures has participated, I guarantee it. He was one of the coup's participants. We have not voiced it until now. But I, Melih Gokcek, say that our relations have been deteriorated by these villains," Gokcek said, Ria Novosti reported.
On Friday, the military coup attempt was carried out in Turkey. According to the Turkish General Staff, 104 coup supporters were killed, while 47 civilians, 41 police officers, 2 soldiers died in clashes.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan accused Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, an outspoken critic of the government in self-imposed exile in the United States, of organizing the unrest.
He added that the "parallel state" intended to isolate Turkey in the international arena.
Relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated when the Russian Su-24 attack aircraft was shot on November 24, 2015, by a Turkish fighter near the Turkish border in Syria.